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Whitmer would veto GOP auto insurance bills in their current form

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The Republican-led state House and Senate have passed bills overhauling the Michigan’s auto insurance. Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will veto the bills in their current form because the they don’t roll back insurance rates immediately. ";s:

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will veto either of the plans Republicans in the Legislature have rolled out to deal with the high cost of auto insurance in Michigan.

Whitmer says she will only accept a plan that rolls back rates immediately, and relies on driving records to set rates, not where people live.

The Democratic governor also says the Republican bills should make the rollbacks permanent.

“In their current form, neither bill lives up to any of that,” she says.

State Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Republicans and Democrats agree auto insurance in Michigan is too expensive – and that’s a starting point.

“I can’t help what my governor will do,” Shirkey says. “I’m hoping we will have the opportunity to talk through those options and we will see what happens.”

Shirkey says it’s time now for Republicans and the governor to bargain.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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